Spartans dumps late runs to down Braves
LAYINâ€™ IT DOWNâ€” Bellmontâ€™s Kyle Wittwer (front) fires to first after a Homestead batter lays a bunt, while relief pitcher Sawyer Boyd rushed in as well during Tuesday nightâ€™s NHC loss to the Spartans, 16-7. (Photo by Kalvin Fiechter)
The Braves entertained NHC juggernaut Homestead on the baseball field Tuesday night battling to stay close until nine runs in the final three innings pushed the game out of reach in a 16-7 defeat.
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The most telling stat of the game for Homestead was 12 of the 16 runs produced were with two outs in the inning.
"We gave up mistakes all game long," noted BHS coach Ben Fawbush. "It was a missed pop-up here, a bad pitch there. We gave them opportunities all night long."
Trace Bauer kept the Spartans off the board in the first inning as the sophomore took the hill for the Braves and Jake Hall's solo homer in the bottom half put the Braves up 1-0.
In the second, Kyle Ryan Stephens singled and was hit in by McLean Trieglaff's two-run bomb that put the Spartans up 2-1. In the bottom half, Mason Shinabery hit the first of his two doubles in the game and was moved over by a sacrifice bunt from Ryan Okoniewski, then scored on a sac-fly from Sawyer Boyd tying the game.
With two outs, Kyle Wittwer doubled, then scored on a Josh Brune single for the 3-2 Bellmont lead after two.
Homestead would respond with their biggest inning of the night as they tallied five runs culminated with a two-run homer from Tyler Zimske giving Sparty the lead again 4-3. With two outs, Stephens doubled, then scored on a Luke Landrigan single. Two Bellmont errors resulted in another pair of runs making it 7-3 Homestead.